Capital punishment can never be carried out on an innocent person. That would defy its very definition. Abortion, on the other hand, is always carried out on an innocent person. Otherwise, that would defy its very definition.
Can one still be pro-life and support the death penalty in certain instances? The answer is "Yes."
Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1868.
- by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
- by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;
- by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
- by protecting evil-doers.
So Catholic politians have an obligation to pass laws that will reduce the chance of sin, and Catholic voters have an obligation to vote against politians who don't.
Was this funny? Not really. Was this becoming of a governor? No. Should the Democrats be as upset as they say they are? Of course not.
Shake it off. Remember: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
is often a source of insightful theological tidbits.
That you won't hear in the "unbiased" media.
So, it turns out that the essay I posted earlier titled "The Bad American" was by an even worse American than we thought: George Carlin didn't write it; someone else used his name.
So, it's been removed. Thanks to Mike M. who pointed it out to me.
This question was posted in response to one of my posts below. I figured it deserved an answer more prominently displayed than a follow-up comment.
Short answer: we don't.
The long answer is rooted in the 7th Commandment. (By the proper and Catholic reckoning.) "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Despite the use of the word "adultery," the commandment has long been understood to require a properly directed use of God's gift of our sexuality.
The Catholic Church teaches (as did all Christian churches until the 1930s) that, for a sexual act to be normative (i.e., non-sinful), it must take place within the confines of a valid marriage and be open to the possibility of conception. In other words, no contraception of any kind, no pulling out, no extra-vaginal orgasms of any kind. Also, no masturbation, no oral sex. (Those two are allowed as foreplay within marriage as long as they do not directly lead to orgasm. At least, according to my understanding.) So, any pre-marital or extra-marital sexual contact is forbidden as well, in addition to sexual relations within marriage where the spouses take positive steps to prevent conception. So, even though a woman past menopause is not going to conceive, it would not be wrong for her to have sexual relations with her husband as long as they didn't take extra "precautions" to avoid conception. The natural order of sexual relations would not interfered with in this instance. Similarly, it is licit under Church teaching to abstain from sex except during the woman's infertile period, since that would be taking advantage of a process God has built into the woman's reproductive cycle. However, doing so with contraceptive intent is improper. (Doing it to space births out is acceptable; doing it to avoid them completely is not. Again, this is my understanding; talking to a priest faithful to the Church is your best bet to understand this properly. As I'm single and not likely to get married any time soon, I have more pressing matters to understand and comprehend.)
The Church takes openness to life so seriously that a couple may not licitly be married in the Church without a willingness to have children. Even a couple who truly wishes to spend the rest of their life together may not be married in the Church if they do not wish to have children.
Hopefully, we have now cleared up why the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual relations are wrong. Any sexual activity that can not lead to conception is sinful, so all homosexual activity is inherently sinful. (You can see the catechism's teaching on homosexuality here
Now that we understand the Church's teaching on the immorality of homosexual relations, let's get to their heart of your question. Why does the Church come out publicly against homosexuality and same-sex "marriage"?
Coincidentally, here's the final verse of today's second reading in Mass:
It is [Christ] whom we proclaim,admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
The Church is so vocal because we wish all people to gain Heaven, to "present them perfect in Christ". All sin separates us from God. Venial sin does so a little and can lead to mortal sin which completely separates us from God. Homosexual sex is a mortal sin; it completely severs our relationship with God until we make sincere Confession that includes a firm intention to change our behavior.
The Church, in her mission to lead people to Heaven, speaks out on this matter because she wishes to help people recognize their errors, make atonement, and reconcile with God.
It's not that the Church hates homosexuals; it's the exact opposite: she loves them and hopes for their entry into Heaven. It's just as the same as when you were a child and your parents corrected your behavior; they did it because they loved you and wished you to be the best person you could be. If they hated you, they wouldn't have wasted their time and let you become the biggest jerk imaginable because they couldn't care what happened to you. The Church loves homosexuals, so she corrects them, hoping to help them reverse the error of their ways.
This should also clear up your comment "This is one segment of the population that most likely will never have children. Therefore, they can't have abortions. The gays and Catholics should be definite teammates!" The Church isn't merely interested in a lack killing babies; she wants to God's gift of sexuality used in the manner in which He intended. We could easily avoid abortions by simply not having children, but that wouldn't be what God wanted, either.
I hope this cleared things up.
By George Weigel. Short, but sums up the issues succinctly and accurately.